Hosting will change you forever

Exchange students become part of your family

Mauna Davin

Meet Mauna, your area administrator

I grew up in a small town in Texas and never once moved in the first 18 years of my life. After college I could not wait to explore the world and moved to Japan to teach high school on a military base. While there I truly discovered my love of traveling and seeing as much of the world as I could. When I married someone in the military and returned to the states, I wanted to keep learning about new places and cultures and discovered hosting exchange students. My children were only 2 and 3 the first time we hosted a student, and every year they look forward to having a new brother or sister come into our home. Hosting for our family has allowed us to add members who live all around the world and make us a better family for having them in our home.

International exchange allows us to gain a perspective that many of us would never glimpse otherwise. It is important for our students to come here and experience life as an American teenager, just as it is important for us to understand what their life is like at home. This program allows families to learn how to make sushi, say hello in Dutch, goodbye in Chinese and sing Christmas songs in French. Hosting brings another culture into your home and sends a piece of ours back to theirs. It creates lifelong relationships that lead to trips to Europe, Asia and South America. The exchange student enters our home a stranger and leaves with a part of your heart. I believe that these experiences can impact the world in our tolerance and understanding of one another.

Why host an exchange student?

Hosting is a unique experience for your entire family

One of the most memorable experiences of your life

Your children will have a brother or sister abroad for life

Positively impact your family and your community

Make a young person’s dream of living in America come true

Learn and cherish new cultures from the convenience of your home

Choose a student who will best fit into your family and lifestyle

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Why CHI?

What makes our program special is the emphasis on connection and cultural exchange. CHI strongly believes in the power of the homestay experience to promote trust and understanding among nations and to build a more peaceful world.

We also truly care about your experience. Our national field staff provides a strong network of daily support for families and students. They are knowledgeable and experienced, and they work to supervise your program with efficiency, patience, and enthusiasm.

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Hosting Stories from Mauna

Create long-lasting relationships that your family will have for the rest of your lives
When Giulia arrived into our home into our home we had already hosted two other amazing students. However, we had not hosted an Italian before and she quickly showed us how important it was to her to be a big sister to our 5 and 6 year olds. She had always wanted younger siblings and it showed in the relationship she created with them. She also made us track parents and we got the cheer her on all the way to regionals for pole vault, which she had never done until arriving here in Las Vegas. She has since been back twice to visit! We will forever consider her as our Italian daughter and plan to visit her in Italy very soon.

Kim arrived in the Beck family a quiet girl from Germany. Over the course of her ten months in Las Vegas she ran varsity cross country and track, went to Disneyland, Utah, prom and even Chicago with her host family. By the end of the school year, it was hard to remember the shy and quiet Kim who had arrived. Kim’s host mom wrote, “Kim was such a joy to have as a part of our family. The memories we made together will last a lifetime. I am so glad my boys will always have a German sister, and that I will have a German daughter. We also gained a second family in her family, they were so gracious to share their wonderful daughter with us for ten months. She is truly one of the sweetest, most special people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She left a lasting mark on every member of our family.”

Annalisa from Italy had a host family made up of “just” her host mom. It may not be a “typical” host family but there is nothing typical about a host family! The two ladies spent ten months seeing local sights, movie dates and a little shopping. Annalisa also was part of her school’s sport teams, where her host mom was able to cheer her on. Annalisa enjoyed being an only child and experiencing her time here in Las Vegas with “just” her host mom!

Contact Mauna Directly

  • chimauna@chinet.org
  • (850) 313-6719

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